Kindle Scout Update: Day 17

Week three = weak three.

This has been, without a doubt, the week that would never end. In fact, it still hasn’t ended…because my Kindle Scout “week” actually ends on Wednesday. So I have a few more days ahead of me that will feel like I’m dragging myself, naked through a desert without water. The buzzards are circling and scorpions are nipping at my bits–various and sundry as they are.

So instead of talking about what promotions I’ve done for Suicide Station over the last few days, I thought I’d take an opportunity to actually talk about the book itself.

It was a dark and stormy night

ss_teaser_15When I first set out to write Suicide Station, I wan’t intending on writing a novel within the romance genre. This was going to be some twist on my usual dark fiction. I knew it would rely on humor, but I was seeing something more along the lines of Beetlejuice meets Dead Like Me. What happened, however, was the main character, Foster Donovan, decided he was going to fall head over heels for his Suicide Station councilor, Candy.

And who wouldn’t?

When that happened, I knew there was only one thing I could do–allow it to happen. And yet…I’ve never been a romance writer. That, my friends, has never stopped me before. You see, to me genre is nothing but a mere suggestion…a map with no “X” marking the magic spot. So I decide to write a romance novel of a different sort, one that anyone (and I do mean anyone) could enjoy. This isn’t a sexy time story, where flesh meets flesh and women swoon over the smoking hot cowboy/werewolf/vampire/firefighter. This is romance in the key of reality…with a twist of afterlife. It’s more about true love finding you in the most unlikely of places.

With that thought spurring me on, Suicide Station was one of the easiest books I’ve ever written. The characters and narration fit my odd sense of humor perfectly and the story unfolded without a hiccup. It was a perfect storm project and I couldn’t have been happier.

And so, as I look at my “weak” three numbers, I have to place my faith on the story I wrote; that the characters, the style, the narrative will help propel it through this slow period and into success. But you never, ever, ever, ever, ever know. I could have written the perfect novel and it could be rejected. That’s the nature of this beast. I fully accept that and in about thirteen days (plus a week or so for Amazon to make a decision), we’ll all know the fate of Suicide Station.

For everyone running (or planning to run) a Kindle Scout campaign, know that week three will challenge every ounce of resolve you have as a writer. This is the moment where you have to trust in your art.


You want them, dear lovelies, here they are:


It’s nice to see I’m nearing the 2k mark of page views! Also of note is that my internal/external percentage is at 38/62. Keep climbing little buddy!

Let’s keep this hayride rolling

If you’ve not given Suicide Station a chance yet, head on over to the campaign page, give the sample a read, and (if you feel it worthy) click on the Nominate Me button. While you’re there, make sure to look around and nominate a couple of other titles from the ever-growing selection of outstanding work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!